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Training camp - Day 3

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD – Fans on hand got a whole lot more than they bargained for on Day 3 of Canadiens camp. The heated and intense affair included a few nice goals, some big saves and an exciting finish that saw Team A come away with a 3-2 shootout win over Team C.

Team A jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when David Desharnais scored on the game’s first shot only 20 seconds into the game before Tom Pyatt made it 2-0. Tomas Plekanec and Ryan O’Byrne helped Team C force a shootout, which was eventually ended by Andreas Engqvist who sealed the win for Team A.

Bunsen Byrner: You never know what can happen in training camp. In the dying moments of the scrimmage, an unlikely hero emerged for Team C: Ryan O’Byrne. While much has been made of his offseason boxing lessons, the big defenseman’s hands never looked softer than on Day 3 of camp. After ringing a wrister off the post, O’Byrne made good on his next shot, tying the game with 36 seconds left.

Major Tom: Under the radar at his first Habs camp a year ago, Pyatt is anything but an unknown this year. Arguably the strongest skater on both sides not named Maxim Lapierre or P.K. Subban, Pyatt helped open the scoring by setting up Desharnais’ goal before banging home a Lapierre rebound for a goal of his own.

“I’m feeling good, better each day. We all work hard in the summer, but you don’t get this type of intensity until you’re at camp,” said Pyatt, who skated on a line with Lapierre and Desharnais. “I think our line worked well. Speed is our game and we used it. I feel faster and stronger than last year, I know that much.”

The other Andre: Andreas Engqvist thrilled the crowd by notching the shootout clincher, but the big Swede has bigger plans.

“Leaving Europe is something I wanted to do because playing in the NHL has always been my dream. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there,” vowed the 6-foot-4 center, who also chipped in with an assist. “I’ll play in Hamilton if I have to and besides the AHL is the closest you can get to the NHL. It will be a good way for me to learn the North American game, too.”

Schul-itzer Prize: Hardly on anyone’s shortlist heading into camp, scrappy Ian Schultz continues to make waves. Throwing your body around at an intrasquad scrimmage as if it’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals will tend to do that. Having even in the span of 20 seconds  nailed three players, Schultz isn’t going quietly.

“He’s bringing a lot of intensity and reminds me of a player like Chris Neil,” said head coach Jacques Martin. “He’s a big kid with a good understanding of the game. He just needs to improve his fitness and his skating needs some work.”

Game Summary:
Team A: Desharnais, Pyatt
Team C: Plekanec, O'Byrne

Team A: Cammalleri (Goal), Lapierre, Desharnais, Spacek, Engqvist (Goal)
Team C: Plekanec (Goal), Leblanc, Gionta, Boyd, Subban

Manny Almela is a writer for

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